By The Waterfront Marathon Crew
For the fourth year in a row, the sun shone down on The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon IV, adding to an already electric atmosphere on December 7. In memory of those lives lost and hurt in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, little Sarah along with her mum Sinead and Dr Jason from Rapid Response released 117 balloons. This was after a minute’s silence and a race blessing from Father Eddie Collins to signify the race start at 9am.
Flav warmed the runners/walkers up just before the race with some great Zumba dance routines while Father Eddie showed off his dance moves and got the crowd all fired up and smiling for what turned out to be another safe and successful marathon for Clonakilty
Everyone was a winner on race day and followed the large finish sign to the letter by ‘finishing in style with a smile’. Everyone signed ‘The Boston United We Stand’ 24x4ft canvas, with some thought-provoking and heartfelt messages and Boston race photographer Liz Cardoso was both humbled and proud to take the canvas back to the Boston race organisers and present it to them on all our behalf.
She could not believe the support locally the race received and the incredible hospitality and warm welcome that was shown to her and all whom took part — a deserving recognition to all of Clonakilty and the residents that welcomes the runners /walkers each year along the course.
Liz has promised to return and extend an invite to Team Hoyt — whom she photographs at Boston Marathon each year — to attend this year’s Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon V on Saturday, December 6. As Team Hoyt will retire from long races after this year’s Boston Marathon, it is hoped they will accept the invite to race the 10k and share their incredible life story of the love of a father and son and how taking part in their first race over 40 years ago saved and shaped their lives and inspired millions in the process (Google Team Hoyt on youtube to be inspired).
This year’s event could not take place without the 150 strong Clon crew of Marshalls, who selflessly give their time each year to safeguard, welcome and encourage all who take part on race day. Also much appreciated is the support of our Town and County Council, Gardai, Red Cross, Rapid Response, Dr Fiona O’Reilly, massage therapists and our finish line welcome duo of Mio and Clonakilty Black Pudding, who have revived, fed and refreshed our proud finishers from day one, December 11, 2010. We thank you all sincerely for your unending support, in particular the local hospitality sector for being price fair and all who sponsor and support this event, most importantly Clonakilty and the West Cork people — your big warm welcome inspires and brings back runners/walkers, their family and friends in bigger numbers each year.
We look forward to working with you all again in 2014 and growing and promoting our town and events. This year, with the support of the traders in town, we hope to run the marathon back down through the town like 2010/2011. We also have a new kiddies’ race early Sunday morning to encourage families to visit, stay and Christmas shop for the full weekend.
All proceeds from the kiddies’ race will go to Rapid Response, Co Action and Special Olympics Clonakilty.
Our best wishes to you for the New Year, health, happiness, joy and lots of laughter. This Year…find yourself.
Team Hoyt on youtube.
Clonakilty back2back race is on February 15-16, 2014.
Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon in Courtmacsherry on July 19, 2014.